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2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Joe Joyce vs. Bermane Stiverne at O2 Arena: Too Much or Too Soon?

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, at O2 Arena in Greenwich, United Kingdom, 2016 Olympic Heavyweight Silver Medalist Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce, age 33, will face 40-year-old former World Boxing Council World Heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne on the undercard of an eight-bout card promoted by Richard Poxon’s Power Sports, televised by United Kingdom ITV Box Office.


Joyce, trained by GGG trainer Abel Sanchez, 7-0 with seven knockouts, Putney, London, United Kingdom, is favored by late round stoppage in a scheduled 10 over Haitian Stiverne, 25-3-1 with 21 knockouts, Las Vegas, Nevada. However, it could be a fight to the power shot death different story, depending on which version of Stiverne shows up.


Also on the card, 27-2 former WBA and IBO World Super Middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. of Brighton Sussex is favored to regain the vacant IBO World Super Middleweight championship by 12 round split decision over southpaw former IBF World champion 25-2-1 James DeGale of St. Albans Hertfordshire. A 10 round crossroads bout between 19-2 Omar Douglas of Wilmington, Delaware, and 26-2 former IBF World
Featherweight Champion Lee Selby of Barry, Wales, is predicted to end in a 10 round majority draw or majority decision which could go either way. If Selby cuts, the bout could swing in favor of Douglas. Selby’s championship experience and ring generalship are his key strengths. However, Douglas has experience winning in the 135 weight class.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.